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Join the movement toward better cultural understanding at MCC


Noelie Tapsoba of Burkina Faso
Noelie Tapsoba of Burkina Faso
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Luis Alberto Plaza of Peru

Share culture and build community by joining the Mott Community College (MCC) Culture and Language Exchange Partnership (CLEP). CLEP is focused on building bridges of communication to increase global awareness and understanding of the diverse cultures, nationalities, religions, gender and races that make up our community.

“The goal of the project is to facilitate partnerships among Mott college students and faculty with members of the greater Flint community who have a vested interest in increasing global awareness and understanding of diversity” said Debra Gibes, Faculty Director of Experiential Learning at MCC. International and immigrant participants will be matched with native-born participants to ensure cultural and language exchange, she added.

“We are looking for people who are open-minded about global awareness and understanding, eager to learn about other cultures, willing to work with people from different cultural backgrounds and interested in gaining cross-cultural communications skills,” Gibes said.

Participants must complete an application by September 28, at the Center for Teaching and Learning, Mott Library, or online at Once in the program, participants will be expected to:
• attend a “Meet and Greet Breakfast” Oct. 5 from 9-11 a.m.;
• meet in person with their exchange partners at least three times during the semester;
• share photos and posts about their experiences the program Facebook page;
• and celebrate their experience by attending an International Celebration Pot Luck Luncheon on Dec. 7 from 12-2 p.m.

To be a part of CLEP, contact Debra Gibes at, or Matthew Packer at, or call at 810-762-5623.

CLEP is a program of MCC’s International Institute, part of the Business and International Studies Division at MCC.

More about Experiential Learning:
Experiential Learning is learning through reflection on doing. It focuses on the individual’s experience, and is a way to connect academics to the “real world” by actively participating in the world, not just reading about it. Mott Community College is committed to supporting the development and integration of meaningful, active, hands-on experience for students as a method of meeting learning objectives and community needs.

Mott Community College is committed to excellence in education and offering services that cultivate student success and improve the overall quality of life in a multicultural community. With more than 100 academic and occupational degree programs, we help students prepare to achieve more in an ever-changing economy. Through university transfer agreements, high-demand associate's degree programs and one-year certification programs, we help ensure that all Mott students are ready to get more out of life.

As an affirmative action/equal opportunity institution, the College encourages diversity and provides equal opportunity in education, employment, all of its programs, and the use of its facilities. The College does not discriminate in educational or employment opportunities or practices on the basis of race, sex, color, religion, gender, national origin, veteran’s status, age, disability unrelated to an individual’s ability to perform adequately, sexual orientation, or any other characteristic protected by law. Title IX Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-2030G), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0024. Title II, ADA, Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Curtice-Mott Complex (CM-1024), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0373. Section 504 Coordinator Contact Information: 1401 E. Court St., Prahl College Center (PCC-1130), Flint, MI 48503, (810) 762-0191.

For important information about the educational debt, earnings, and completion rates of students who attended these programs, please see the following link:


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